This is a quick rundown of the plugins I like to use on my WordPress sites. I do try my best not to install tons of plugins on my sites. For the most part I use small lightweight plugins that do a specific task.
They aren’t in any particular order. So here’s the list.
You need a custom page not found. This plugin helps take care of those 404 errors.
Plugin: Amazon Associates Link Builder
Sorry to say my sites have ads. This is the official plugin from Amazon.
Plugin: Contact Form 7
I needed a few forms. Its the plugin to use. Seems like everyone uses it.
Plugin: Display Posts Shortcode
I like to do easy custom posts pages. This plugin gives me a shortcode I can use on any page.
My goto plugin for backing up and migrating my sites.
Plugin: Easy WP Meta Description
An easy way to create meta descriptions for search engines.
Plugin: Enhanced Media Library
Allows you to easily categorize and filter your media.
Adds storage capabilities to contact form 7.
Plugin: Google Analytics Dashboard For WP
I don’t want to go to Google to see how my sites are doing. This plugin puts the data I want to see in my wordpress dashboard.
Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps
Creates sitemap for the search engines.
Plugin: Insert Pages
This plugin provides shortcodes so I can insert posts into posts on my site.
Plugin: Lazy Load XT
Got to load your web page fast. This plugin loads images, youtube and iframes on your pages as they are needed.
Plugin: Simple Cache
Well the name says it all. A simple caching plugin for wordpress.
Its popular. Optimize your images.
Plugin: TinyMCE Advanced
Just adds some extra functionality to TinyMCE.
Plugin: Wordfence Security
The most important plugin of them all. Protect your site with this plugin. There are a lot of settings to go through but protecting your site is very important.
Just a better comment plugin.
Adds shortcodes with more options for embedding your youtube videos.
The above plugins have helped out my sites. Give one a try.